Why Evil Things Happen

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I can’t imagine the grief of those families who lost someone in the Las Vegas massacre. Not just the pain of losing a loved one, but the senselessness of it. Losing a child, a spouse, a friend is a devastating life altering tragedy. People can take years to recover from things like that, and some never do. One of the troubling questions that humans have to deal with is, why do bad things like this happen?

There is a short answer to that and then an extended one.  The short one is that we live in a fallen world.  It isn’t just that there is evil in the world. It is that people do the evil. If you remember, the beginning chapters of the Genesis there lived a man and woman in the Garden of Eden. It was a virtual paradise. There was no pain, no suffering, no heartache, and no death. Still, Adam and Eve sinned. The bible says Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God. When they did that, sin entered the world as a wicked and sustained power. We live in a world that is full of sin. Adam and Eve opened up a door, and sin entered into humanity. That evil showed itself in the perpetrator in Las Vegas.

We live in a broken world. When we wonder why these bad things happen, it’s almost like going to the DPS and saying, “Why do you let all these accidents happen on our highways?!” It was the drunk who decided to drive home. It was the girl who was texting and putting on mascara as she passed that pickup going 75 mph.

Look at the story of King David. He was a good man who loved God, but even he committed adultery and had her husband killed. The godly man turned bad and killed the innocent. The evil nature of sin is here, but we can do something about it.

We can pray. You cannot talk anyone out of grief.  But God Himself has said He has the ability to heal broken hearts. God can do for them what the best of us can’t: heal them in their innermost.

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

We can give. Just search online and you’ll find there are many resources we can give to. Countless ministries are sending chaplains to talk, pray, and comfort.

Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Romans 15:1

We can encourage others to do the same. When we catch onto the fact that we can do something that will actually help others, we can unashamedly urge others to help with us.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24

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